Civil Liberties in the 21st Century

Our nation’s journey to the full unfolding of the rights envisioned in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights has never been easy or straight.  To the extent we enjoy a measure of freedom of speech, the right to vote, and other rights we cherish, it is because generations before us fought for them, often at great personal risk.

Today, we are in a struggle to define the meaning of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for the 21st century.  Fundamental rights to be yourself, receive equal treatment under the law, have an equal voice in the political process, and not be subject to undue and unlawful government surveillance, among others, are under attack across the country.

Some of these struggles have particular salience in Kansas, and on these pages we highlight the work we are doing to advance voting rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights, racial justice, immigrant rights, economic justice, First Amendment rights, criminal justice reform, government transparency, and protections against unlawful government surveillance.

To defend and strengthen the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the ACLU of Kansas uses litigation, advocacy, and public outreach.  Key to our success is the active engagement of citizens across the state.  If you share our concern for the protection of treasured rights, we urge you to consider becoming a member of the ACLU, volunteering, and, yes, making a donation